Skip to main content

Journalism Awards

Universities Australia Higher Education Media Awards

awarded by Universities Australia

Submissions close 30th September


HIGHER EDUCATION MEDIA AWARDS 2022 - SUBMISSIONS CLOSED for 2022 

National Press Club of Australia and Universities Australia logos

 

          HIGHER EDUCATION MEDIA AWARDS OVERVIEW

The awards recognise excellent journalism and communication on key issues in higher education including the economic and social benefits from Australia's universities to the nation, government, industry, the not-for-profit sector and the community.

HIGHER EDUCATION MEDIA AWARDS OBJECTIVES

To recognise quality journalism and commentary that informs deeper public understanding of the contribution that universities make to our society and economy.

HIGHER EDUCATION MEDIA AWARDS JUDGING PANEL

The judging panel will of comprise senior members of the National Press Club of Australia board, along with judges who have higher education policy expertise.
HIGHER EDUCATION MEDIA AWARDS ELIGIBILITY AND GUIDELINES

ELIGIBILITY

The awards are open to employed and freelance media professionals, or writing and production teams, who write or broadcast on higher education policy, university teaching and research, or on the work of individual academics and institutions.

The awards recognise quality media coverage of the Australian university sector, and work within universities, but do not cover university promotional material.

In each category, journalists are invited to submit entries in the following formats:

  • PDFs or word files of print stories
  • Video files (MP4/AVI) or links to broadcast stories
  • Links or downloads of online stories

GUIDELINES

  • Individuals or teams may submit applications into one or both categories, however, cannot submit the same content into both. Entrants should submit what they consider to be their best work and enter their submission/s in the most appropriate category.
  • Each entry should comprise a single story with an option of presenting up to two additional follow-up stories expanding the theme of the original.
    Each entry must have a cover letter which includes:
    • the entrant's/team members' contact details
    • the award category being entered
    • the name of the story
  • Each entry should be accompanied by an explanation of why the entry is an example of excellence, including accuracy, context, technique, exclusivity, impact, influence of decision on opinion makers, or other outcomes.

 

  • Work submitted should have been broadcast/printed in the period between 1 May 2021, and 31st May 2022.
  • Where there is more than one person nominated for one entry, if that is a winning entry, the prize money will be divided among the entrants.
  • If there is a tied result in any category, the prize money will be divided among the winners for that category.

 

Awards submissions must be received by Friday, September 30th, 2022.

 

Submissions should be emailed with relevant links and attachments to the awards coordinator at coordinator@npc.org.au
 

HIGHER EDUCATION MEDIA AWARDS PRESENTATION

The awards will be presented at a National Press Club of Australia Address.

Universities Australia is the peak body representing Australia’s universities.

UNIVERSITIES AUSTRALIA HIGHER EDUCATION JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Awarded to the person or team who has submitted the most outstanding news reporting or analysis in higher education journalism this year, as demonstrated through the highest standards of accuracy, insight, fairness and balance, impact, integrity, and excellent writing.

CRITERIA:

Awarded to the entry that best explains the impact of higher education policies through high-quality reporting or commentary.

  • Entries can be print, broadcast, digital or other online.
  • The entry should be a significant contribution to broadening public awareness of the work of universities, their staff and students and the role that universities play in Australia’s prosperity.

 

Prize: $12,500

 

THE UNIVERSITIES AUSTRALIA AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN UNIVERSITY  RESEARCH REPORTING

Awarded to the entry that best deepens the insight of a lay audience about promising breakthroughs in university research.

Open to generalist as well as sector journalists, the winning entry should be a significant contribution to explain the work of university researchers – including the significance, application or potential of a particular piece of university research.

 

CRITERIA:

Awarded to the story or series that clearly and accurately communicates the technical detail of a piece of university research, discovery or breakthrough — its significance, application or potential — in a way that a lay audience can understand.

  • Entries can be print, broadcast, digital or other online.
  • Places the university research or breakthrough in a broader context, including the value of the research to the Australian economy and/or community.

Prize: $2,500

 

Applicants are required to disclose if their entry or related journalism is or has been subject to any form of litigation such as claims for defamation or libel etc.
In any event, applicants will indemnify the National Press Club, its judges and corporate partners from any claim for damages and other financial settlements awarded by a court

 

Universities Australia Higher Education Media Awards Winners

2009

Luke Slattery

The Australian

2010

John Ross

Campus Review

2011

Elizabeth Finkel

Cosmos Magazine

2012

Bernard Lane

The Australian

2013

Joanna Mather

Australian Financial Review

2014

Tim Dodd

Australian Financial Review

2015

Amy McNeilage and Lisa Valentin

Sydney Morning Herald

2016

Kylar Loussikian

The Australian

2017

Kylar Loussikian

The Australian

2018

John Ross

The Australian

2019

Anton Crace

The PIE Review

Wilson da Silva is named the 2020 Higher Education Journalist of the Year.
2020

Wilson da Silva

Australian Geographic

2021

Conor Duffy

ABC

Membership Benefits

Claim your front-row seat to the national conversation and explore the benefits of membership today.

Apply Now

Renew Your Membership

With your support The National Press Club of Australia continues to be the prestigious, influential institution it is today. To continue accessing your membership benefits renew today. 

Renew